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Auto-erotic asphyxiation possible in Castro death

By Andrew Welsh-Huggins

AP Legal Affairs Writer

LAST UPDATED: 09:58 a.m. HST, Oct 10, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio » Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro's death by hanging in his prison cell may not have been suicide after all, but an attempt to choke himself for a sexual thrill, authorities said today. They also said two guards falsified logs documenting the number of times they checked on Castro before he died.

The report from the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction suggests -- but does not conclude -- that Castro may have died as the result of auto-erotic asphyxiation, whereby individuals achieve sexual satisfaction while choking themselves into unconsciousness.

Castro's pants and underwear were pulled down to his ankles when he was found Sept. 3 in his cell at a prison reception center south of Columbus, the report said. He had a sheet wrapped around his neck, which was attached to a window hinge, investigators said.

Officials also found a Bible open to John Chapters 2 and 3 and pictures of Castro's family arranged "in a poster-board fashion," according to the report.

Those facts were forwarded to the state highway patrol "for consideration of the possibility of auto-erotic asphyxiation," the report said.

Patrol spokeswoman Lt. Anne Ralston said she could not immediately comment.

The Franklin County coroner classified Castro's death as a suicide last week.

Castro did not leave a suicide note and "multiple levels of assessment" did not find tendency toward suicide, the report said. A comprehensive mental health evaluation found "no evidence of serious mental illness or indications for suicide precautions were present," according to the report.

The day he died, he expressed interest in the possibility he would serve his time segregated from the general prison population.

As a result of those facts, no motivation for suicide was found, the state concluded.

In court, Castro blamed his problems on an addiction to pornography. At his August sentencing, he described himself as a sex addict.

"These people are trying to paint me as a monster," he said. "I'm not a monster. I'm sick."

A 2004 note by Castro that authorities discovered when searching his house in May alluded to him taking his life in the future.

Surveillance video indicates guards did not do at least eight required checks on Castro the afternoon and evening before he died. Two checks were done properly just before Castro hanged himself.

Similar allegations of falsified logs have been made against two other guards in the Aug. 4 suicide of a death row inmate just days before his scheduled execution.

The Castro report also said an ambulance contracted to provide medical assistance at the prison was significantly late in arriving, but the delay likely didn't affect the outcome.

The report also said staff failed to make sure Castro watched a suicide prevention video when he first arrived in August.

Castro, 53, was a few weeks into a life sentence after pleading guilty in August to kidnapping three women from the streets of Cleveland, then imprisoning them in his home for a decade during which time he repeatedly raped and beat them. He was accused of limiting their access to food and toilet facilities and chaining them at times to a pole in the basement. Rescued with the three women in May was a 6-year-old girl Castro fathered with one of the victims.

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blkdrgn wrote:
Isn't that how David Carradine died?
on October 10,2013 | 10:49AM
cojef wrote:
Died mysteriously with very few details made public. Perhaps to protect his personna.
on October 10,2013 | 11:03AM
NorthShore wrote:
Talk about dying with a happy ending!!!
on October 10,2013 | 10:59AM
bullturd wrote:
Wow! what a cop out. Guards falsified the log sheet (not surprising) prison officials want to CTA (Cover There Ankles) blame the guy whose dead and fluff it off as- "Not our Fault" Really?
on October 10,2013 | 11:23AM
false wrote:
More like a cover up if you ask me.
on October 10,2013 | 11:31AM
GooglyMoogly wrote:
Are you seeing something here that I'm not? From where I'm sitting, this story is all silver linings, and no clouds. It sounds like you're complaining that this guy managed to off himself.
on October 10,2013 | 02:46PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Yeah, I only hope he croaked just before he finished so he died unsatisfied.
on October 10,2013 | 07:12PM
false wrote:
They don't know so why are they saying this. True the guys was one sick boy but how sick and idiotic is this theory. Just trying to cover up.
on October 10,2013 | 11:30AM
realist3463 wrote:
Who cares? He's dead. "What does it matter anyway".
on October 10,2013 | 02:57PM
residenttaxpayer wrote:
Another one bites the dust......yawn...
on October 10,2013 | 06:30PM
kailua000 wrote:
sick mo fo
on October 10,2013 | 08:59PM
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